The NAD C 338 ($650) is part of the company’s Classic Series of affordable high-performance DAC/amplifiers. It has the distinction of being the first Hi-Fi DAC/amp to include Chromecast built-in.
This two-channel class-D design offers 50 watts per channel of continuous power (150 watts dynamic) into either 8-ohm or 4-ohm loads. It can even deliver 200-watt dynamic peaks into a 2-ohm load.
The robust Asymmetrical PowerDrive power supply in this unit can deliver 160 watts continuously and 300 watts instantaneously, despite the unit’s low profile.
NAD touts a preamp stage that offers 120 decibels of dynamic range and a volume control that operates in 0.5dB steps.
The C 338 has three Wi-Fi antennas, hinting at its connected nature. You can control it using a dedicated app. Plus, it can access files on your network and stream audio using Google Cast.
Rear view of the C 338 including its three Wi-Fi antennas.
By including Chromecast, NAD give the C 338 prodigious music-streaming capabilities—including voice search using Google Assistant. You can cast to the C 338 from iPhones, iPads, Android phones, Android tablets, Mac and Windows PCs, and Chromebooks.
You can also connect to this slender, capable integrated amp using Bluetooth.
This DAC/amp has digital and analog inputs including a pair of optical-digital connections, two coaxial-digital connections, Phono input with accurate RIAA correction and capacitor-free infrasonic filtering, plus two standard RCA stereo analog inputs.
The NAD C 338 features a dedicated headphone amplifier and a 1/4″ headphone jack on the front panel.
You can add a subwoofer to the C 338 using a dedicated output on the back of the unit. Furthermore, bass EQ lets you tweak your system’s response to account for room interactions, speaker/sub capabilities, and personal taste.
The C 338 is part of NAD’s Classic Series of integrated DAC/amplifiers that also includes the C 368 and C 388. All three models are available now.